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Probiotics & Immune System Support for Cats

Probiotics are microorganisms that are believed to provide health benefits, particularly in regards to the digestive system and bowel movement.

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Intestinal Balance and Flora

Microorganisms found in probiotics are live bacteria and are commonly combined with additional fibres that have a positive effect on the cat’s intestinal flora. Intestinal flora include all microorganisms that are naturally found in your cat’s intestines. Probiotics are sometimes improperly defined as medication; they are nutritional supplements that can improve or maintain your cat’s immune system. The beneficial bacteria already appear naturally within your cat’s body, although the intestinal balance can be disturbed, for example, by illness or medication, making your cat more susceptible to viruses and diseases. In situations like this, you might decide to give your pet probiotics to restore the natural balance of intestinal flora.

When To Give Probiotics?

Essentially, healthy cats that receive a well-balanced diet do not need probiotics. However, most cat foods are not optimally balanced, which could cause a disruption in the intestinal balance. Furthermore, cats can suffer from oversensitivity to particular proteins and carbohydrates, which can lead to digestive problems such as vomiting or diarrhoea. Pets suffering from a disrupted natural balance of intestinal flora are more susceptible to viruses and diseases, and could profit greatly from supplementary probiotics. Naturally, cats suffering from hypersensitivity should be given a suitable diet that ensures they no longer receive the allergens that cause the problem.

Probiotics and Antibiotics

Cats suffering from a bacterial infection are often prescribed a course of antibiotics by their veterinarian. Antibiotics fight bacteria, allowing your cat to recover from the infection. However, the main disadvantage of antibiotics is that it also fights good bacteria that are important to maintain your cat’s health. For this reason, it is advisable to give your cat a course of probiotics after they have completed their course of antibiotics, to help restore the intestinal balance and improve their overall immunity.

Advice

As mentioned, cats that have a good, well-balanced diet do not need additional probiotics. However, probiotics can have a positive effect on senior cats or cats that have just finished a course of antibiotics, and help speed up recovery. If you are unsure whether your cat needs probiotics, it is advisable to consult your veterinarian.

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